Re: Praying versus acting
The flaw in his reasoning lies in the following statement:
That is only a valid statement if "such pronouncements" really are "incorrect."
As I stated earlier, holy books contain pronouncements about the physical world. Such pronouncements are rooted in the incorrect beliefs of our ancestors, who lived when faith and science were not yet separate disciplines.
If it is not known whether or not the pronouncement is correct or if the pronouncement really is correct, despite its humble origins, then those parts of the so-called "holy books" that overlap the physical world have to be taken seriously, even if only to investigate further.
I'm reminded of the so-called "free thinkers" who categorically eschew a potential source of "truth" in religious thought. It's O.K. to bifurcate "physical" from "spiritual," but neither side can afford to dismiss each area's findings of fact.
One must keep on pointing out that Christianity is a statement which, if false, is of no importance, and, if true, of infinite importance. The one thing it cannot be is moderately important.-C.S. Lewis, God in the Dock, 1972